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May 14, 2008

Cortland tops Grove City in NCAA opener

AUBURN, N.Y. -- The Grove City College baseball team dropped a 10-1 decision to top-seeded Cortland State (39-3) in the opening round of the NCAA New York Regional Championships Wednesday afternoon at Falcon Park. Grove City, the No. 8 seed, will play fifth-seeded Eastern Connecticut State at 10 a.m. Thursday in an elimination game.

Cortland State led 2-0 early before eventually breaking the game open with a four-run seventh inning. Cortland DH Anderson Gardner belted a three-run homer to highlight the inning.

Grove City stranded 12 runners on base, including six in the first three innings. The Wolverines also left the bases loaded in the ninth inning. Grove City (18-17 overall) broke up the shutout in the ninth as senior center fielder Brian Moran (Columbia, Md./Chapelgate Christian) singled in sophomore first baseman Tyler Thompson (Lee, Maine/Lee Academy).

Junior left fielder Seth Thompson (Canton, Ohio/GlenOak) went 3 for 4 with a pair of stolen bases for Grove City.

Sophomore pitcher Mike Herringshaw (Chardon, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) dropped to 6-6 for the Wolverines. Herringshaw allowed eight earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. Junior Matt Tindall (Copley, Ohio/Copley) allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings.

Grove City is making its first-ever postseason appearance this week. Cortland State is in the regionals for the 16th straight season. The Red Dragons are the No. 2 team in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association/ national poll. Cortland State has now won 35 straight games.

Eastern Connecticut State fell to Montclair State Thursday, 8-7, in the opening round. It will be the first-ever meeting between Grove City and Eastern Connecticut State.

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